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What to watch today at the WSOP – Jason Mercier highlights the $5k PLO

Jason Mercier ran like...well...Jason Mercier and is near the tops of the chip counts with 15 players left in the $5k PLO

Only one bracelet was awarded yesterday as Mark Schmid overcame the 3,144 player field to take home the Event #34 championship, shipping $488,283 in first place prize money and the jewelry.  The online player known as “pimpindonks” has roughly $1 million in online tournament earnings, and now has a prize even better than one of those Gold Jerseys (which have decreased significantly in value as we’re now on day 67 without hearing a word from Full Tilt Poker about where our deposits are – another post…another time).  Anyhow, I know little about Schmid other than this is his first bracelet, so congrats to him.

There will be 5 events in action today, and one in particular will continue to be a doozy.  Here’s what to watch for today:

Event #35 – $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (6-max)

So the event that was supposed to deliver the most fireworks from yesterday, lived up to its billing and then some.  15 players bagged up chips at the end play, but the event lost some real luster unfortunately late in play with the losses of Vanessa Selbst, Erick Lindgren, and Tom Dwan in 18th, 17th, and 16th place respectively.  The loss of Durrrr is particular tough as he’s the name that would make all the eyeballs fix on the event, but it’s not exactly like the field doesn’t have it’s great stories still there.  Jason Mercier now headlines the event with a shot a second career bracelet.  He’s 4th in chips as play begins today, and will likely play down to an eventual winner.  Other names still alive include reigning WPT Los Angeles Main Event Champion Gregory Brooks (who coincidently is the chip leader), Michael McDonald (we all knew that “Timex” was never REALLY retired), Peter Jetten, Chris Moorman, and David “Devilfish” Ulliot.  Anyway this shakes down, as long as one of those names remains in the event, it’s still going to be the one worth watching today.

Two events played their day 1’s yesterday, the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em Event #36 played from 1,734 entries to 308 remaining players.  Dwyte Pilgrim is in the top 10 in chips, and there are still a handful of other good names alive as well, but honestly, this one has a long way to go before getting excited about anything.

In the $10k H.O.R.S.E. Championship, 240 runners turned out to compete in one of the more prestigious events of the series, and 173 of them bagged chips to end the night.  This event will also be playing down to a smaller number today, but it has a long way to go before making any predictions.  It will however have the most notable players of the day, so if you’re looking for poker playing celebrities, head to this event.

Getting underway today will be two events, Event #38 ($1,500 No-Limit Hold’em) and Event #39 ($2,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha mixed event), and that should wrap things up from the Rio.

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